Industrial turnover increases by 12.9 pct in November
Primary cash balance falls to deficit of 877 mln in Dec, expenditure rises
Travel balance for nine-month period shows surplus of 11.57 bln
Building activity increases by 16.4 pct in October
Budget primary surplus at 1.97 bln in 2017 on strong underspend
Net job hirings balance positive by 15,315 in December
2014 draft budget: An ambitious fiscal consolidation targeting a primary surplus of 1.6 pct
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) tabled the 2014 draft budget to the Greek parliament on Monday with headline figures confirming recent press reports. As was broadly expected, 2014 will be another year of ambitious budget consolidation with a further cut in primary expenditure by 2.77 billion year on year (yoy) and a revenue increase of 2.55 billion yoy (both on a cash basis) to reach the MoU target of a general government (gg) primary surplus at 2.84 billion (1.6 percent of GDP).
The achievement of a sustainable primary surplus has emerged as the Holy Grail of Greece’s fiscal adjustment as it would pave the way for official discussions on the ultimate target of debt easing measures to begin in the coming months.
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